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Ambulance staff set to take strike action for 24 hours

EMAS spent �7 million on private and voluntary ambulance services in 2013

EMAS spent �7 million on private and voluntary ambulance services in 2013

South Yorkshire ambulance staff are walking out on strike today in a row over new shift patterns.

Members of Unite will walk out for 24 hours today and for four hours on February 3.

Terry Cunliffe from Unite, which represents 375 of Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s 4,600 employees, said the changes would lead to an ‘overtired workforce’.

Ian Brandwood from the Trust said the strike showed Unite’s ‘thoughtless conduct’.

Mr Cunliffe said the shifts could mean paramedics going more than 10 hours without a meal break.

But ambulance service managers say the new rotas will improve the allocation of rest breaks and reduce shift over-runs.

Mr Cunliffe said: “The shift patterns are not family friendly and will lead to an overtired workforce.”

 

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